The paradox of love: Trump's United States of hate

Dr. Keith Magee | 8/7/2019, 7:45 p.m.
America is experiencing the most perilous of times in recent history as the result of its president, Donald Trump. Even ...

America is experiencing the most perilous of times in recent history as the result of its president, Donald Trump. Even though Monday morning he stepped forward to speak against the weekend's hate crimes, it lacks residence because of the hate that has been reverberating since his stance against the Central Park Five, his ascendance in the GOP with the birther inquisition of Barack Obama, and not immediately condemning the chants of "send her back" aimed at four congressional women of Congress for doing their job.

It remains jarring how he and the leadership of the GOP lack human decency by caging children at the border and proclaiming that Baltimore is a predominately

African-American city where no humans should live. These hateful words are intentional verbal terrorism to inflame his base and continue to label some human beings as unworthy of being in the same race as White Americans. What is equally puzzling is the silence of the White Evangelical church in which 81 percent supports and believes that he has been called by God.

These blatant domestic terrorist attacks, being exercised by White supremacists best known as the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis, are embedded deeply it how they understand

God, practice Christianity and see humanity. And, yet, there are other social justice faith leaders who are grappling with this torture and how to convey the message of God's, resulting in a divided gospel. In the New Testament gospel of Mark 12:28-33, a scholar and scribe, out of curiosity, questioned Jesus, 'which out of all the commandments is the most important?' Jesus responds with two statements. The first is how you are to love the "Lord your God with all your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength." The second one is to" love your neighbor like you love yourself'. The implication is very powerful because what it means is to be authentically a follower of Jesus, means I have to know how to love me before I can love you.

I recently had a rather challenging dinner conversation with a young Jewish member of the GOP, who I consider close family. He questioned why continuously refer to this president as "it". He asked, "as a Christian (that believes in the same teaching in the Torah) isn't the fundamental teaching of our faith love? If so, are you not being equally divisive in referring to Donald Trump as an "it" and the GOP as them?"

My rapid response was human beings don't spark flames of hatred. They would not find any justification in anyone that assembles to chant Jews will not replace us, say that there were very fine people on both sides, call Mexican's rapists and target Muslims. Those who have a soul would condemn the acrimony so that it wouldn't ignite a fire.

The Civil rights movement wasn't driven by policy experts. It was accomplished by people who actually practiced their faith in love. The movement was filled with the love of Imams and Rabbis, Catholic and Orthodox Priest, Unitarians and Muslim, Baptist and Hindus, and Atheist and Quakers. There were Black women frying chicken, White women making cold cut sandwiches, gay men organizing and lesbian women strategizing.